Hello, Darling! Boudoir . Testimonial

This past boudoir event was amazing. All the woman were so beautiful, and really stepped out of their comfort zone to let their inner vixens shine!
We are always SO grateful when the ladies leave us a review, and even more grateful when they let us show off their gorgeous images! We have started sending a questionnaire after our boudoir session with some Q and A. Below is one of Ms. J’s Q and A’s that we loved and then her review.  We can not be more thrilled to be apart of this confidence building moment for her! Boudoir is more than a gift for your husband/boyfriend. It is a gift to your self, to remind you of the woman you are, and bring out a part of you that you did not know you had!

Q. Did you feel comfortable during your session?
A. I am extremely self conscious and all the girls made me feel confident and sexy. I loved that Gina focused on the body parts that I was more comfortable with. This was completely out of my comfort zone, and I am actually really looking forward to doing it again!
Ms. J’s review:
Every woman should do this at least once in their lifetime. It has opened my eyes to truly appreciate the woman that I am and accept the flaws in me. I’m way more confident and comfortable in my own skin which transfers to every day life. Spectacular. Empowerment. Memorable.Everyone on Gina’s team was extremely kind and inviting, including the other clients. We all shared similar feelings of anxiety and excitement and it was nice to have other women to chat with prior to the shoot. It really helped to calm me. I also appreciated the privacy during my shoot with only Gina and Amy in the room. Had there been other women in the room with me, I would’ve definitely been more self conscious and shy in front of the camera.Gina is an amazing photographer and I am overjoyed that I had my photos taken by her. She has so much talent and creativity and it is evident in every single photo. I was beyond excited to see my photos and I’m hoping my husband will be too:) Thank you for assisting in transforming me from the inside out. It is an experience that I will never forget.


Are you ready? Email [email protected] for info on our April Boudoir event. Do not want to wait until April, or the dates do not work for you? We can do a boudoir session in your home or hotel of your choice.

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Lisa + Dominic . DiNolfos Mokena

Today we are so excited to show off the first of our winter weddings. Lisa + Dominic were married the first weekend in December. Even though there was no snow on the ground, it was freezing. Lisa, Dominic, and the bridal party really braved it our for some amazing photos outside.

Lisa was a dream in her dress and perfect red lipstick. Of course, Dominic teared up at his first sight of how beautiful she looked. Lisa and Dominic were nothing but totally in love and enjoying every. single. second. of their day together and with their loved ones. Their wedding was glam and fabulous, and one I am sure their family and friends will not forget.

2014-02-11_0026Gah! I squealed when I saw these shoes. I love that I get to start out my day photographing a lovely pair of shoes.
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2014-02-11_00412014-02-11_00422014-02-11_00432014-02-11_00442014-02-11_00452014-02-11_0046This dress was perfect for Lisa2014-02-11_00472014-02-11_00482014-02-11_00492014-02-11_00502014-02-11_00512014-02-11_0052Such a perfect moment2014-02-11_00532014-02-11_00542014-02-11_00552014-02-11_00562014-02-11_0057The ladies looked so fabulous2014-02-11_00582014-02-11_00592014-02-11_00602014-02-11_00612014-02-11_00622014-02-11_00632014-02-11_00642014-02-11_00652014-02-11_00662014-02-11_00672014-02-11_0068How cute is the program?! Lisa found it on Etsy2014-02-11_00692014-02-11_00702014-02-11_00712014-02-11_00722014-02-11_00732014-02-11_00742014-02-11_00752014-02-11_00762014-02-11_00772014-02-11_00782014-02-11_00792014-02-11_00802014-02-11_00812014-02-11_00822014-02-11_00832014-02-11_0084
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Tom and I wish you nothing but a happily ever after!

Tom + Gina 2014-02-11_0109

Reception: Di Nolfos Mokena

Church: St. Elizabeth Seton

Florist: ZuZu’s Petals

Band: David Rothstein

Cake: Ferrara’s Bakery

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Virginia Ulanski - These are amazing, you guys look great!

Tresa Smith - Absolutely beautiful! Many years of happiness to you both!

Brittany - Beautiful pictures!!! Congrats to you both:)

Andy Stitnicky - This was a great wedding. From the band to the photo booth, we had a great time.

Joey I - Awesome wedding Awesome People!

Joey I - Awesome Wedding. Awesome People! KCCO

John - Great pics guys! Such a fun time!

Denise and Ken - Let the good times roll!

Joe Infantino Sr - What a great day full of memories and love. #noreciept

Don Larkin - You guys look so dashing! What a great wedding! Wish I never missed it!

Brandy H. - What an amazing day with lots of memories! Cheers to Mr. & Mrs. Maglione! I am so honored that I was part of your special day!

Barb I - Wedding was just beautiful. So proud of our daughter and new son
Wishing them the best!

Alex Kara - The picture of me kissing Dom is the superior of all the other pictures

Tracey B. - Beautiful bride and groom!! Wonderful wedding, we had a blast!! Great memories !!!

Lisa Foster - Beautiful wedding

Jeff T - An absolutely wonderful wedding! From start to finish it was perfect. Congratulations!

Nichole - Lisa you looked insanly happy and stunning on your big day! Congrats to you and Dominic.

Bob W. - Great looking pictures. Hope you both share a lifetime of happiness

Deanna - Beautiful wedding for a beautiful friend! These photos are stunning!

Dee Hawker - Beautiful bride and beautiful family!! Loved the pictures – thank you for sharing!!

MaryKate - Beautiful pictures!

Lisa Maglione - So happy, in love wth these-thank you!

Karen - Beautiful Bride! Amazing wedding!

Cookie Pienta - Beautiful pictures of a beautiful wedding!

Liz Roberson - Every picture is amazing!! My favorite one of you two is one of the street pics with Dom’s head on your left shoulder and you had the most beautiful smile straight at the camera :) Thanks for sharing.

Rita - Very nice pictures of Lisa Infantino wedding.

Sandy Bogue - Great wedding! Couldn’t be anything else with Lisa and Dominic, and the pictures show it. We all had a great time sharing in these beautiful memories. Love and happiness always!

Cheston Bogue - Love the photos! So happy to have been a part of your big day!

Trevor Hoffman - Beautiful Pictures and an amazing Wedding, the definition of perfection!

Trece - Amazing. Perfectly said! The day… you… everything! And these photos say it all; unforgetable memories, endless moments, timeless treasures……Priceless!

Theresa - Beautiful across the board!!! Two people made to be together!

Shannon Tadel - Love all of these, so happy for you and Dominic!

Leo Bogue - So Very Happy I was able to attend my Granddaughter, Lisa’s Wedding. She looked like the beautiful bride I always knew she
would be and so very happy & grateful that she found such a
wonderful man to be her husband. Wishing you both the very best!
Love, Grandma Leo

Heather Barlog - Congratulations!! I’m so happy for you both!! Your day looked just amazing!!

Jennifer Greenway - Beautiful wedding for a beautiful family! Such detail. Gorgeous.

Dave Greenway - Makes me want to do mine over again. Band looks like so much fun. Congratulations.

Dawna - Beautiful pictures. Congrats to the beautiful couple!

Joe - Great pics. Congrats

Jake - Congrats! Love the pictures!

ashlynn - Great pictures. Congratulations!

Dawn - Congratulations to the Bride & Groom!

Jerry - Congratulations to the happy couple!

Auntie Gayle - Absolutely stunnng! May you live happily ever after!

Siostra’s Minestrone Soup

 This winter has been a cruel one. But one thing that always warms us up and lifts our spirits is homemade soup. Tom’s mom always has a pot at her house and sends us home with some whenever we visit. We always ask for her recipes, but they are in her head. One of these days I need to sit there, watch her, and write it down.

But one amazing soup she made was a minestrone. She got the recipe form her sister, who got it from someone. So we will call this Siostra’s Minestrone:)

It is so nice to have a big pot of homemade soup for the week, just waiting for you at lunch everyday.


1 onion chopped

3 carrots chopped

3 celery stalks chopped

1 can 28 oz chopped tomatoes

5 cups of chicken broth

2 bay leaves

2 cups of cooked chicken – (2 breasts)

15 oz can of cannelloni beans drained and rinsed

1/2 tsp of salt

1/2 tsp of pepper

1/4 cup of parsley


1/3 cup of grated parmesan cheese

*optional: red pepper flakes and pasta (orzo) and kale

Saute onion, carrots, and celery in olive oil for 5 minutes. Add chicken broth, tomatoes, bay leaf, and simmer for 20 minutes covered. After 20 minutes uncover, discard bay leaf. Cut up chicken in small pieces and sauté in butter for 10 minutes. Add rest of ingredients and cook for at least ten more minutes. Maybe add some red pepper flakes to give it a little kick.

Gina’s notes: I didn’t add chicken since most of our meals this week are chicken based, so I didn’t want to over due it. I added a LITTLE red pepper flakes. Too many and the kids won’t touch it. I also cook orzo on the side and keep it separate. That way we can add as much or little as we like to each serving. I also added kale!

Even though I am writing this to share with you, the real selfish reason is for me to keep my Pinterest organized, lol! I know for a while I was doing good on our food blog, but I just can not keep up with posting on another site. So I figured I might as well post them here, pin them, and then I can find my fav recipes later on my ORGANIZED Pinterst board.

We all have our “yum” or “food” or “recipe” Pin board with 500 billion  recipes on it right? Well with Tom and I meal planning and putting a halt to ALL fast food as much as we can, I decided I need to use Pinterest to may advantage. My mom always made notes in her cook books to remember what recipes she like and the ones she did not. Now that Pinterest is pretty much our recipe box, I made a few new boards.

Here is where every recipe that looks good goes : YUM

Here is our meals planned for the week: This Weeks Meals ( I then unpin them from the Yum board so that board will start to clear up a bit)

If we like the recipe, I MAKE MY OWN NOTES if needed, and then will pin it here (and remove from the This Weeks Meals board) : Favorite Recipes , Favorite Desserts, and Favorite Smoothies 

Oh, yeah…did I mention our new obsession? The Nutri Bullet. We have a shake every day. I love that the kids are getting a mad amount of nutrients and enjoying it. They like to draw me pictures of the recipes they want to make. A big secret ingredient (besides the kale and spinach) Stonyfield Organic Chocolate Underground yogurt. This stuff is the bomb.  It adds chocolate and creaminess, which helps mask anything else I am sneaking in there.


We have been super happy with how well we have been eating and planning. I have taken a page out of my friend’s Erin and Paula’s books and started really researching what is in our food. I won’t get preachy here, but if you are interested spend some time on Food Babe’s blog. We have said good bye to fast food as much as we can, we read the back of our food boxes and know what to look for, and will not replace our microwave that has been broke anyway for two years.

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Stop Hesitating . The time is now for Boudoir


“It was a fun experience, to say the least.  I really appreciated the level of comfort that you and Gina provided.  As women, we are all so self conscious, and I felt like it was okay to just be me.  I also like that Gina asks if there are certain areas of your body that you are less comfortable with, so she can focus on other areas.  You both did a fantastic job and I’m anxious to see the photos.” An email from a client from last week’s event to Amy. 

Have you been thinking about boudoir but too afraid to try? The time is now to change your thinking about boudoir.

Hello, Darling! Boudoir is: glamorous, beautiful, sexy, confidence building, fun, tasteful,  and totally geared toward each individual woman.

We never do anything you are uncomfortable with, and help you style your session every step of the way.

Hair and makeup professionally done by the ladies from Mackenzie Hair Parlor

Many woman don’t want to leave the session because the energy and atmosphere is so fun and uplifting. Some even plan on doing boudoir again. Yes, these images may be for your significant other, but they do not have to be. They can be for you! Because; you are proud of how hard you have worked out, your post baby body, your pre baby body, it is your birthday, your wedding, or whatever reason you want!

We want to make you feel confident and beautiful. We promise you will love the results.

Email [email protected] to book your session or to be put on the list for our next event (planning April at a beautiful Chicago hotel )

Click Here to see past sessions and read past reviews.

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Lauren + Phillip. Riverside Receptions

I promise you have never met kinder people that Lauren and her family. Incredibly polite and genuinely caring for all those around them. Lauren and Phillip our such a perfect match. They are so in love, and you could see that when they looked at each other throughout the day. It was a flawless day, filled with love and laughter.

Congrats Lauren + Phillip!

Tom and I (and Nicole!) Wish you nothing but your very own happily every after!2014-01-17_0003such a lovely dress2014-01-17_00042014-01-17_00052014-01-17_00062014-01-17_00072014-01-17_00082014-01-17_00092014-01-17_00102014-01-17_00112014-01-17_00122014-01-17_0013Lauren, you are gorgeous! 2014-01-17_00142014-01-17_00152014-01-17_00162014-01-17_00172014-01-17_00182014-01-17_00192014-01-17_00202014-01-17_00212014-01-17_00222014-01-17_0023such a beautiful group of ladies2014-01-17_00242014-01-17_00252014-01-17_00262014-01-17_00272014-01-17_00282014-01-17_00292014-01-17_00302014-01-17_0031Phillip told me when we first met that the first thing he noticed about Lauren were her eyes. And he is right, they are stunning. 2014-01-17_00322014-01-17_00332014-01-17_00342014-01-17_0035the floral colors were perfect for an October wedding
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Reception and Ceremony: Riverside Banquets


Florals: Kio Kreations

Cake: The Cakery

Video: Eternal Video

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Kristen - Loved doing their wedding! Beautiful photos!!! Would you mind sharing some with me? I’d love to feature you + your work on our blog since we did the flowers!!!

Kristen from Kio Kreations

admin - Hi Kristen! I sent you an email with permission to download images. THank you!